LANSING, Mich- Police operations in Lansing resulted in the seizure of more than $91,500 in cash and 82 gaming machines from two illicit storefront casinos.
According to the Lansing State Journal, the raids were the result of an investigation by Michigan’s Gaming Control Board, the state Attorney General’s office, and Lansing police.
The majority of the machines, including 28 slot machines and a virtual blackjack table, were taken from a shopping center storefront on Feb. 28. The other shop had thirteen full-size slot machines and seven other games removed on March 4.
In a statement, Mayor Andy Schor stated, “Unregulated, illegal gambling enterprises in Lansing encourage violence into our neighborhoods and business areas.” “We’re doing everything we can to track down these unlawful businesses and shut them down for good.”
According to the newspaper, five Lansing women pled guilty in 2018 to running an illegal gambling enterprise out of a storefront at the same commercial complex where the Feb. 28 raid took place.
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Later that year, the Lansing City Council passed an ordinance making illegal gambling a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. The city might potentially take civil action against an unlawful gambling operation and declare it a public nuisance under the ordinance.